Thanks to a bit of vanilla protein powder, these strawberries and cream overnight oats are a healthy excuse to eat dessert for breakfast.
While Bry could eat Peanut Butter Overnight Oats every morning for breakfast and not get tired of them, I like to add a little variety to my morning routine. And lately I’ve been craving fruitier flavors but still with enough protein to keep me full until lunch (or at least until my 10am snack).
While Greek yogurt provides a decent amount of protein, I found I was still getting hungry within an hour or two of breakfast (and when you eat breakfast at 6 and you’re already needing a snack by 7 or 8 you know it’s going to be a long and hungry morning). So then I started experimenting with putting protein powder in my oats. Voila! The protein powder keeps me nice and full, some days all the way through to lunch.
The key is knowing how absorbent your protein powder is. I’ve tried brands where I could easily mix the powder into yogurts without a huge change to consistency whereas other brands act like volumizing shampoo and you need a lot more liquid to keep the desired consistency. My favorite brand of protein powder is definitely in this latter category, so depending on how thick you like your overnight oats, you may need to add additional almond milk either when you initially mix it or when you go to eat it the next day.
I also played around with mixing in the strawberry puree vs layering it. While presentation-wise it looks much prettier to layer, time-wise it takes a bit more effort as you need to let the oats firm up a bit first in the fridge (at least an hour) then layer them with the puree. However, taste-wise I actually thought the layered ones tasted slightly better as the flavor of the strawberry stood out more. Regardless of which method you go with, I promise you’ll end up with creamy, strawberry-studded oats.
Because Bry and I are trying to limit our intake of added sugars, the only sweetness in these overnight oats is from the strawberries and stevia in the protein powder. However, if it tastes too bland to you, feel free to add a touch of honey to the strawberry puree.
If you’ve been following the blog, then you know Bry and I are making the move out West this weekend! As we’ll be spending all next week driving across the country, there will be a change up to the normal routine of Healthy Toast Posts. Instead of three new recipes, I’ll be featuring a round-up of healthier eats for the 4th of July on Monday then round-ups of healthy breakfasts perfect for meal prep on Wednesday and Friday. I’ve been wanting to do some breakfast meal prep posts for awhile as you guys have been loving my THT Meal Planning Guides for lunches and dinners, but my favorite meal of the day was being excluded. So get ready for some delicious overnight oats as well as savory egg-based options!
So here’s a toast to breakfast that equally pretty to look at and delicious to eat!
Strawberries and Cream Protein Overnight Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk any milk will work
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt preferably 2% or whole milk for creamier oats
- ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
- 3/4 cup sliced strawberries plus 1-2 strawberries for garnish
- Optional extra milk to top
- Place ½ cup oats, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, and 2 Tbsp protein powder in a jar or seal-able container. Add ½ cup almond milk and ¼ cup of Greek yogurt. Stir well (I find a butter knife works best). Repeat with remaining jar/container.
- If not layering oats: once your oats are stirred, place ¾ cup of strawberries in blender and puree. Place ½ of pureed strawberries in one of the jars and stir to combine. Repeat with remaining jar. Option to dice 1-2 additional strawberries to sprinkle on top. Store in fridge overnight or up to 3-4 days. Option to stir in extra milk when you go to eat your oats if you like a thinner consistency.
- To layer your oats: Refrigerate oats for at least 3 hours or overnight to thicken. Once thickened, remove oats from fridge and pour 2/3 of the jar into a bowl. Place 3/4 cup of strawberries and puree in blender. Evenly alternate layers of strawberry puree and overnight oats mixture for both jars. Place diced strawberries on top. Option to eat now or place back in fridge and eat within 3-4 days. Feel free to stir in extra milk when you go to eat your oats if you like a thinner consistency.